April 7, 2014
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech practiced in shorts for two hours Monday afternoon at Joe Aillet Stadium, polishing up plays and cleaning up mistakes from the team’s most recent scrimmage.
The Bulldogs’ session on Monday – the 13th of 15 practice sessions this spring – was centered around cleaning up the work already completed to date, particularly from the two hour scrimmage held Saturday. The team has one more practice left on Wednesday before the T-Day Spring Game on Saturday, April 12.
“We came out here in shorts to try and get some things polished up after the scrimmage,” head coach Skip Holtz said of Monday’s practice. “I think it has been a productive spring when you look at what we have been trying to get done. Some guys have really started to take a step up, do some positive things and have made a lot of strides of improvement during the course of the spring. After the scrimmage we wanted to come out here, get some things cleaned up so we could have a really good practice on Wednesday then hopefully have a positive spring game on Saturday.”
Looking back at Saturday’s scrimmage there were several individual performances that stood out to the coaching staff, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.
“It is hard to put the big picture together and you end up watching a lot of the individual play,” said Holtz of reviewing the film from the scrimmage. “I look at what Tony Johnson is doing at linebacker, Mitch Villemez and the way he is playing, Le’Vander Liggins and how strong he is playing, Bryson Abraham is doing some really good things – you start to see they are doing all the little things the right way that make a difference. I love the way Xavier Woods is playing, I think Kentrell Brice and Lloyd Grogan are really playing well at the safety position. You start to look at it all and the defense may give up a big play but not necessarily because of what those individuals are doing.”
“When you look at it, I am really encouraged at what I am seeing from the individual performances but I still can’t put the big picture together and that is frustrating for me right now,” Holtz said. “We will have some bigger bodies, some mids and even some tight ends and fullback-type bodies this fall where we can do a couple more things offensively that we want to be able to do. But I think there is improvement [this spring] and guys are getting better across the board. That is the biggest thing you look for.”
The team will practice at 4 p.m. Wednesday before the T-Day Spring Game wraps up spring practice on Saturday.
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